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שלא נהנה מקופה של צדקה - שהוא דבר גנאי לאדם הגון: Rashi on sanhedrin 81a here It is shameful for a 'decent' person to live off charity.


 (גדולה מלאכה שמכבדת את בעליה" (נדרים מט, ע"ב". Although that does not mean that we are required to work, it encourages one to live a life with dignity. But in אבות דרבי נתן , chapter 11, we see that there may be a source in the torah itself: מלמד שיהא אדם אוהב את המלאכה ואל אדם יהי שונא את המלאכה. כשם שהתורה נתנה בברית, כך המלאכה נתנה בברית, ...


There is a (seemingly) little-known halakhah in the Mishneh Torah which leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination of whether or not it is desirable or permitted to make living from learning Torah. The Rambam writes the following in Hilkhoth Talmudh Torah 3:10: Everyone who determines in his heart that he will be occupied with learning Torah and will ...

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